Speakers / Topics: Innovation | Creativity | Disruption

Innovation & Creativity Speakers

Creativity: where ideas are spawned. Innovation: where ideas are put into action. Disruption: when ideas change the world as we know it. Our speakers explain how to get creative juices flowing, how to innovate to stay ahead, and prepare you for the disruptive forces at work in your industry and beyond.

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Second City Works

Entertainment | Improv

After hundreds of thousands of years of research, the results are in: people like to laugh. Part of world famous comedy institution The Second City, Second City Works brings award-winning, boring-proof, improv-based social learning to events, ceremonies, funct...

Second City Works

The Passing Zone

Keynote Jugglers

The Passing Zone is one of the most successful and sought-after corporate acts working today who can keynote, provide entertainment, and/or host and emcee an event. Most importantly, they promise to provide you with an unexpected, unique, and fresh performance...

Terry O’Reilly

Host of CBC Radio's Under the Influence

Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. In his intriguing tal...

Nilofer Merchant

Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Nilofer Merchant is a renowned business strategist and innovator on a mission to reinvent work so that it actually works. A bestselling author, TED mainstage speaker, and recipient of the “Future Thinker” Award from Thinkers 50, Merchant says few companies...

Nilofer Merchant

Josh Linkner

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert

Josh Linkner personifies innovation, entrepreneurship, and breakthrough disruption. Beginning his career as a jazz guitarist, Josh has now been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of more than $200 million. Through his i...

Josh Linkner

Avinash Kaushik

Web Analytics Master

Avinash Kaushik is the “Digital Marketing Evangelist” for Google. His passions lie at the intersection of marketing, analytics and artificial intelligence, and he has developed innovative frameworks like “See-Think-Do-Care”, which allow senior...

Lawrence Hill

Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner and bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill speaks as well as he writes. With engrossing, poignant talks on diverse topics such as channeling creative energy, censorship, racial identity, mental health, an...

Lawrence Hill

Adrian Gostick

Bestselling Leadership Author | Organizational Culture Expert

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing...

Adrian Gostick

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonder he was n...

Richard Florida

Emmanuel Gobillot

Internationally Renowned Leadership Expert

There must be a better way. That’s the motto Emmanuel Gobillot has adopted toward everything he does. As one of the world’s most popular speakers, consultants, and thought-leaders, Gobillot believes there is a better way to lead, relate to customers, and e...

Emmanuel Gobillot

Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle and What M...

Chester Elton

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. Ilona Dougherty is an award winning social innovator and ...

Ilona Dougherty

Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur | Co-Author of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and author from Silicon Valley. BusinessWeek named him”one of America’s top young entrepreneurs,” while PoliticsOnline called him one of the “25 most influential people in the world of inter...

Ben Casnocha

Bill Carr

Communication Expert | Award-Winning Humourist

For over twenty-five years, Bill Carr has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and helps people see their world with a fresh perspective. An awa...

Bill Carr

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

The first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography, and environment education. She expanded the horizons of millions when she joi...

Science & Technology Speakers

Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine — and plan for — the ever-changing, high-tech landscape. As the host and creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, and the author of The V...

Nora Young

Max Valiquette

Innovation, Transformation, and Marketing Expert

For over twenty years, Max Valiquette has been at the forefront of what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. Anointed by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s “most influential Marketers,” Max has worked with some of the biggest companies in the wor...

Ron Tite

Purpose-Driven Leadership and Marketing Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of...

Ron Tite

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people, with a bold goal to help bu...

Peter Sheahan

International Expert on Leveraging Business Trends and New Market Opportunities

Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. A highly successful entrepreneur, he is the founder and CEO of Karrikins Group, a multi-million-dollar consulting practice which attracts clients such as Apple,...

Peter Sheahan

Bob McDonald

Host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks

Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best-known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people, McDona...

Bob McDonald

Mitch Joel

Business Transformation and Digital Marketing Expert

When brands like Google, Starbucks, Shopify, and GE want to use technology to better connect with their consumers, they call Mitch Joel. Called “one of North America’s leading visionaries” by Strategy magazine, Joel fills in the gaps to help leaders buil...

Mitch Joel

Bruce Croxon

Former "Dragon" | Host, The Disruptors | Partner, Round13 Capital

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, Bruce shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding en...

Bruce Croxon

Leonard Brody

Business and Technology Visionary

Recently named one of the top 30 up and coming management thinkers in the world, Leonard Brody is known as “a leader of the new world order”. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy-nominated media v...

Leonard Brody

Dr. Nick Bontis

Leading Strategy and Management Expert

The “knowledge era” is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Dr. Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations navigate the new world of digital technology, industry disruption, and information bomba...

Nick Bontis

Mike Mandel

Expert in Communication, Motivation and Influence

Self-described as “a reasonably normal guy with a really weird job,” Mike Mandel is a uniquely qualified expert in the art and science of influential communication. Simultaneously fascinating and hilarious, he provides audiences with powerful tools to spar...

Mike Mandel

Greg Lindsay

Expert on Cities, Mobility, Travel, Trade, and the Future of Work

Greg Lindsay is literally a man on the street, reporting from the intersection of global trends and local wisdom. Widely cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology, and transportation, on the design and resiliency of cities, and on how to create mo...

Greg Lindsay

Michael Kerr

“The Workplace Energizer”

Why choose between humour and relevant, practical content when you can have both? Michael Kerr is one of North America’s leading authorities on fostering innovative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presentations — known for their practical and inspiri...

Michael Kerr

Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of her metamor...

Sarah Kay

Jesse Brown

Digital Media Expert | Disruptive Journalist | Futurist

What does the future hold for Canada? Are our institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological and cultural change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to media, disruption is here. Technology and media expert Jesse Brown explains the chall...

David Ben

Creativity Expert | Master Magician

David Ben inspires people to strike the word “impossible” from their vocabulary. A master problem-solver, David uses his training as a former tax lawyer, a graduate of the London School of Economics, and a world-class magician to make perplexing problems i...

David Ben - Photo by Paul Alexander